If I signed something my attorney had me sign and I now think I shouldn't have, what should I do?
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As indicated by the other answering attorneys, communication is key. Do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with your lawyer. Obtain copies of the documents. Meet with your attorney and ask questions about the documents, their purpose and what they are. Many misunderstandings can be averted.
I agree you should ask for copies of all the documents. It is important to read any documents you are asked to sign, and to ask questions so that you have confidence in your understanding of the document you are signing. Your attorney will be able to clarify things for you if you are not sure what the implications are. You should call your attorney as soon as possible to talk through the documents and determine any looming deadlines.
Ask the attorney for copies of everything you signed. I am sure it is nothing to be worried about, as the probate process can have a lot of paperwork. But review it all and ask questions if you don't understand something.
To questioners from West Virginia & New York: Although I am licensed to practice in your state (in WV, on inactive status as of 9/13), I practice on a day-to-day basis in Massachusetts. I answer questions in your state in areas of the law in which I practice, and in which I feel comfortable trying to offer you assistance based on my knowledge of specific statutes in your state and/or general principles applicable in all states. It is always best, however, to work with attorneys and court personnel in your own area to deal with specific problems and factual situations.